District News: Butt to Barra 5-3-15

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AGM - The North Lochs Community Association AGM will take place on Thursday the 5th of March at 7.30pm at the Leurbost Community Centre. The NLCA run the Centre, an all year round facility for sports and community events. New members are required to join the committee. If you don’t want to join the committee but would like to help at events throughout the year, drop us a message and we’ll add you to our mailing list. northlochshall@gmail.com

Dinner - The Kinloch Senior Citizens annual dinner will in the Balallan Old School Canteen on Saturday 7th March at 2pm. The Balallan and District Recreation Association will provide a three course dinner followed by tea and home baking. This is a chance to have a blether and be entertained by some local young people. All people over the age of sixty residing in Kinloch are very welcome to attend. Anyone requiring transport please contact any member of the Balallan Hall Committee.

Communion Season: Traditionally the third Sunday in March is communion season in Kinloch Churches. The Communion services begin on Thursday 12th March until Monday 16th.

NLHS - At the North Lochs Historical Society meeting on 19th February in Leurbost Community centre plans were made for NLHS events. Thursday 19th March an Open Evening speaker to be confirmed. Tuesday 14th April Leurbost Place Names Mapping evening .Thursday 23rd April the NLHS AGM part of an Open Evening discussing past and present commercial boats in North Lochs. The May Holiday Monday Excursion will be a walk in the Loch Shell or Pairc area. Saturday 13th June a walk in the Uig district. Walkers look forward to the longer days and getting out and about looking at deserted villages and places of historical interest.

Lochs Show - The Lochs Agricultural Show is looking for volunteers from the local community for this year’s show on Saturday 25th July. An hour or two of your time is requested, the evening before the show or on the day. Volunteers are required to: take money at the gate, man the barbeque, help park cars, man one of the children’s activities, selling drinks and ice cream and also supervising show entry sections. Contact Lochs Show Facebook page or a member of the committee.


The exciting archaeological discovery in the quarry site at the Braighe area in Point was presented by Ross Cameron of Archas Cultural Heritage Ltd last Monday at the Stornoway Historical Society’s lecture. Ross Cameron was the archaeologist on site, whilst pipe trenches were excavated for the new mains water supply for Point in August 2014.

The Bráighe is an archaeologically rich area, ranging from Prehistoric middens to the famous Early Celtic Church site Eaglais na h-Aoidh.

The new site described by experts as ‘enigmatic’ was originally indicated by a quern stone in the pipe trench. Further exploration also revealed a large hammer stone, rubbing stone and Quartz tools amongst other finds.

Artefacts from the exploration area cleared at the time, are still being analysed, but currently indicate habitation in the late Bronze Age


The New Shawbost Shop and Café at Raebhat House is to be officially opened by the recently appointed An Taobh Siar agus Nis Councillor, Alistair Maclennan.

The opening will take place on Friday the 13th March at 2pm at Raebhat House, Shawbost.

Following early retirement from his post as Social Worker with the Comhairle, Michael Fitzpatrick, saw a gap in the market for a village shop and café and launched his business on the 12th of February. The Café is due to open later this month.

The village shop stocks a wide variety of fresh and frozen produce, local produce, some crafts, coal and much more, with new items of stock each week.

Horshader Community Development Trust owns Raebhat House and Mr Fitzpatrick leases the premises from them.

North Tolsta

Tolsta Community Development Ltd will be holding an open evening drop in session at the office Tigh Ceilidh School Road North Tolsta on Tuesday 10th March from 7pm to 9pm

During the evening members of the Tolsta public can discuss and view the application and guideline process for the Grant Application Process which will be open from the 10th March.

The grant funding scheme is open to any resident in the Tolsta area or any community group which benefits the people of the Tolsta community and which fits with the charitable aims of the Charity. During the evening personnel will be on hand to advise on the application process.

This is an opportunity for you to see how the work carried out by the directors over the past eight years has come to fruition.


Sympathy -We send sincere condolences to the family of the late Donald Murray (DB) who recently passed away in the Western Isles Hospital. Donald home was in Stornoway but he was a regular visitor to Lemreway and was kindly thought of by all, never going passed anybody he knew.

To his mother Chirsty Maggie, sisters Lorna and Christine, uncle Donald in Lemreway and the extended family we remember them at this sad time in their lives.

Condolences - To the family of the late Barabel Nicolson (Beann a Bhucaidh) late of Holm and latterly Dun Eisdean Nursing home we send our condolences following her passing last week.

Congratulations: -

We send our congratulations to Joanne Morrison (Ranish) and Calum Murray (Ness) who recently announced their engagement.

Joanne spent her early years growing up in Gravir and is the daughter of Alex and Christina Morrison (Chiorstag John)....many congratulations.


and north uist

The multi member Ward of Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist A Tuath currently has one vacancy amongst three elected members following the resignation of Mr Archie Campbell in February 2015. Following the close of nominations two candidates have come forward to stand for the by-election on Thursday 26 March.

They are: Roslyn Margaret MacPherson, Scottish National Party (SNP) and Andrew Walker, Independent.

Electors within the Ward have until Tuesday 10 March to ensure that they are registered to vote. Any registered elector wishing to apply for a postal vote or seeking to make changes to existing postal or proxy arrangements must do so by 5pm on Wednesday 11 March 2015.

Postal voting packs will be dispatched around Friday 13 March 2015.

There will be seven polling stations at the election:-

Drill Hall, Lionacleit

Council Offices, Balivanich

Carinish Hall

Janitors House, Paible School

Taigh Sgire Sholais

Lochmaddy Community Centre

Berneray Community Centre

The poll will be conducted by single transferable vote (STV) where electors will cast their vote by marking their preference using numbers

More information on registering to vote is available at www.highland.gov.uk or by calling the Electoral Registration Office on 01851 706262. For any other query contact the Election Office at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar on 01851 822613 or email elections@cne-siar.gov.uk.


Martins for Men are having a bacon butty breakfast from 9am to 10.30am on Saturday 7th March in Martins Memorial Church hall. Aonghas ‘Crockie’ Mackenzie will be sharing a message. All men welcome for a time of fun, fellowship and food.

It would be great to know numbers by 4pm on Friday - phone Robert on 0776 550 7689

Sequamur - Pròiseact nan Ealan’s WW1 theatre production written by DS Murray opens in Glasgow this weekbefore setting off on a national tour, explores the tragically flawed theory of William J. Gibson, the headmaster of the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway between 1894 and 1925.

Sequamur (Latin for ‘let us follow’) opens in Glasgow on 5 March at Cottiers Theatre

For full details on how to buy tickets visit the website www.gaelic-arts.com

Western Isles

A children’s theatre event comes to the Hebrides later this month.

The Man Who Planted Trees is a multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic.

This is an inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland.

The Puppet State Theatre show, suitable for adults and children over seven, uses storytelling and puppets to tell the beautiful tale of an incredible man and his dog.

Puppet State Theatre is one of Scotland’s leading puppetry companies and Arts nan Eilean promoters, are delighted that the company is visiting the Outer Hebrides.

See the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.

Carinish Hall, North Uist on Tuesday 24th March at 7pm, Tarbert Community Centre on Wednesday 25th March at 7pm,

Breascleit Community Centre 26th March at 7pm

Tickets: www.wegottickets.com Prices £7.00 (adult), £4.00 (child) Bookings :01851 700475